Recently our staff team read through a challenging and prophetic book, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb. The authors, Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, talk about a dangerous trend in churches like ours—a trend towards focusing less on the humility, weakness, and servanthood of sacrifice, instead prioritizing the triumph, power, and boasting of success. They say, "With the decreasing emphasis on the pastor-shepherd, we have seen the rise of the leader. … We are often looking more for a dragon than a lamb. These pastors are much like the shepherds in Ezekiel 34, who were fixated on feeding themselves and disinterested in actually feeding the flock." (pp. 146, 141)
Not every book here is created equal. Some are classics worth savoring (and re-reading); others, while imbalanced, have something timely to say. We’ve read a bunch of these titles already. We’ve put many others in our queue for 2018. And we’d encourage you to do the same. Pick up a few of these and you might just end up finding the best book you’ll read in 2018.
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Our God is a sending God. He sent his best into the world to save us. Everyone who has received the gospel of reconciliation is sent to carry that gospel to others. Every believer is sent. You are either mission field or missionary. It is not through our success that God saves the world, but through our sacrifice. He calls us first to an altar, not a platform.
This weekend, at the Summit, I’m dusting off an old resource and rolling it back out. It’s a little prayer I pray, almost every day, to fortify my mind in the gospel. I call it the gospel prayer. This was my way of applying the gospel to my daily life. As we often say around the Summit, the gospel isn’t just the diving board; it’s the pool itself.